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4. Lowers Blood Pressure & Improves Kidney Function
That compound sulphoraphane that we talked about earlier can help both lower your blood pressure and improve the function of the kidneys. One study involving rats with hypertension and poor kidney function showed that when these animals were given a sulphoraphane extract, they all had dramatic improvement in their kidney function as well as a significant lowering of their blood pressure. Never stop taking any medication that you might be taking until you speak with your doctor.
5. Immune Support
Although broccoli might not be your favorite food, you might be surprised to find that out of all the cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is the star when it comes to vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital to the support of a healthy immune system. Broccoli also has other outstanding antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and other powerful antioxidants that fight the free radicals that can cause damage to our body on a cellular level.
6. High in Folate
Although broccoli is high in numerous antioxidants and vitamins, we want to make a special mention about folate. Consuming sufficient amounts of folate has been shown in studies to offer protection from numerous types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer.
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